Day 6

. . . or as I like to call it . . .

The End of the World as We Know It!

If you don't know what I'm referring to, let me assure you that I have not joined the follies of Dispensationalism. No, I'm referring to something a lot different. You can now run Windows natively on your (Intel based) Mac. That's right. You read that correctly. Apple has released a beta app called 'Boot Camp' that will let you install WindowsXP on your Apple computer and then dual boot between Mac or Windows. The interesting thing about this is that, while this is beta software now, it will be a part of Apple's next OS, Leopard.

Now, there is no reason for panic. At least, I don't think so. Right now, Apple is growing by at least 30% which is roughly three times faster than any other computer company out there. And this little feature should increase that to three hundred times! Imagine, all the people that we know who still are using Windows but we keep pestering them to get a Mac. Now, they will not have an excuse. They can buy the Mac and install Windows on it -- if they need to. Let's do it this way instead. Talk them into getting the Mac but don't install Windows yet. Use that as a 'last ditch effort' kind of thing. If they can't get the hang of Mac OS X (which, we all know that they will), then install Windows. But, and this is up to us MacHeads here, we will need to make sure they use Mac OS X. They need to see its beauty. They need to experience its simplicity. And after a while, they will realize that they don't need no stinkin' Windows! The will be comfortable MacHeads like the rest of us.

And as an aside -- I think this fulfills some ancient prophecy in Daniel or Ezekiel somewhere. :)

May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance.



Pinball said…
This is very close to what I thought when you sent me the link to this announcement yesterday. I was thinking how smart it was of Mac to make it POSSIBLE to run Windows, but not to sell or support it. Even if people DO install Windows from the get-go, they are going to get curious and try the Mac OS at some point.

It's amazing. It's as if Apple has suddenly waked up and realized they're smarter than IBM/Microsoft, and that marketing is little more than applied intelligence.
Anonymous said…
Yeah, but you forgot one thing-----MONEY!
We can't just go out and buy a MAC, or change our offices to MACs without capital!

Odysseus said…
Yeah, Pinball, I hope that you are right here. I am thinking similar thoughts. It seems that may be setting itself up as the 'next big thing' regarding computers. To top this off, Microsoft announced earlier in the week (or was it last month now?) that it will postpone Vista until early 2007! And they might have to rewrite over half the code!

I'm not sure when Apple will be releasing Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, but I'm thinking Steve Jobs will be pushing for a release date prior to that of Microsoft Vista.

Concerning money: Yeah Mom, I know what you're saying here. Money is a big issue -- at the beginning. The overall cost of owning a Mac to that of Windows, however, is less. Furthermore, the idea to 'upgrade' the OS won't have to take hardware into consideration. Right now, the latest Apple OS (Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger) can run on five year old hardware. That is something that Windows can't do. In fact, they will tell you that they won't support it. When Vista is released, the current systems in your office won't be able to run it all that well. Then, after a little while, Microsoft won't support XP either. They 'force' people to upgrade by not supporting the previous OS.

So, again, you're right about the money. It does cost more up front to buy an Apple computer. But the benefits -- easy of use, intelligent design of the functions of software and hardware, esthetics, (still) no viruses or spyware, etc. -- are longer lived.

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